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Australia's universities named world-class
Senator the Hon Brett Mason Shadow Minister for Universities and Research
Thursday 15 August 2013
Australia’s universities named world-class
Australia’s position as an education superpower has been confirmed with today’s release of the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), calculated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
“Australia’s universities deserve congratulation, with 19 institutions ranked in the top 500 worldwide,” Shadow Minister for Universities and Research, Senator Brett Mason said today.
“Five Australian universities were named in the top 100 - University of Melbourne (54), The Australian National University (66), The University of Queensland (85), The University of Western Australia (91) and University of Sydney (97).
“Special mention must go to the University of Melbourne who moved up three places from last year to be ranked 54, placing it the highest of the Australian universities and third highest of all universities in the Asia-Pacific.”
There was little variation to the universities included in the list overall, with only 11 making the top 500 which did not do so in 2012. As in 2012, the top ten was filled by universities from the United States and United Kingdom.
“Australia has the highest number of universities in the top 100, after the United States and United Kingdom,” Senator Mason said.
“This highlights Australia’s standing as a world-class provider of higher education and reinforces the choice made by more than 200,000 international students currently engaged in tertiary study here.
“These outstanding results are a credit to all our academics and university administrators, whose excellence in course delivery underlies this international recognition.
“A major strength of Australia’s university system is our diversity. Those featured in the ARWU top 500 are not all located in our capital cities, with institutions such as James Cook University in Townsville and University of Newcastle both ranked inside the top 400.
“The Coalition congratulates all 19 universities which made the top 500. A strong higher education sector is crucial to Australia, both now and in to the future. Your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed.”
The ARWU top 500 list can be accessed online at: www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2013.html
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